Join us to learn the traditional Japanese art of Shifu, a spun and woven paper textile. You will experience all aspects of the process, from working with sheets of handmade paper to a finished small weaving. Expect to be very focused as you slice a large sheet of kozo or lokta handmade paper into one continuous strip, which you will then spin into a yarn. You will learn how to make a variety of different yarns, and how to spin the yarns using both wet and dry techniques. After constructing a simple loom from repurposed materials, you will use your thread to weave a textile.
We will prepare dye baths to experiment and explore ways of dyeing your cloth using various techniques. During free moments you will learn a variety of simple book structures, one of which will showcase your workshop samples and thoughts.
This will be an experimental class, with emphasis on developing appropriate spinning, weaving and dyeing skills to enhance your textile/book art practice.